Wednesday 15 February: Library PDF Issues >>

The ViolinSchool Blog

Here's what's new at
August 29, 2022
Swanee River

Old Folks at Home, often known as 'Swanee River', is a gorgeous melody written by Stephen Foster in 1851. Swan off down the river with this exclusive duet version!

Read More
August 28, 2022
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean, My Bonnie lies over the sea, My Bonnie lies over the ocean, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me … a delightful traditional Scottish folk song.

Read More
August 25, 2022
On the Straight and Narrow

Download the sheet music for this exercise from the ViolinSchool library at: This exercise helps you to avoid going out of tune when moving your finger from one string to the next. As we move the first finger towards the E string, it becomes slightly more curved, which can create a tendency to play […]

Read More
June 1, 2022
I Like the Flowers

I like the flowers, the daffodils, the mountains, the rolling hills, and the fireside when the nights are cold and I’m singing, “Doo wappa doo wappa doo wappaty wop!

Read More
May 31, 2022
Men of Harlech

Hark! I hear the foe advancing … where are those Men of Harlech! This is a traditional Welsh song about the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468.

Read More
May 30, 2022
4th Finger Exercises

Flex your pinky with this set of 4th finger exercises! Make sure it lands perfectly in tune every time, don’t let the other fingers lead you astray … naughty things!

Read More
May 29, 2022
4th Finger Workouts

Time for some pinky power! Get your 4th finger in tip-top shape - strong and sturdy, supple and sprightly - with this super set of workouts!

Read More
May 28, 2022

A galopede is not a type of fast-moving insect, but an especially energetic English country dance!! See how fast you can gallop the galopede, but practise slowly first!

Read More
May 27, 2022
A Game of Two Halves

Who will win in this game of two halves … the lower half or the upper half of the bow?! Each half is competing to be the most exact and the most pleasing to the ear!

Read More
May 26, 2022
Opposites Attract

Are you a major or a minor? A perfect or an augmented? Find out if opposites really do attract in this excellent exercise … a great way to improve your intonation!

Read More
May 25, 2022
Barn Dance

Yeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaw! Get your feet tapping with this romping barn dance, great for practising open string double stops! See how fast you can get the ending!

Read More
May 24, 2022
Brian Boru's March

A march fit for a king … a 10th century High King of Ireland, no less … Brian Boru of the Dalcassians! Brian must have been a fan of dotted rhythms and string crossing!

Read More
May 23, 2022

Dvořák wrote his set of Humoresques in the summer of 1894 when he must have been in a pretty good mood! The 7th one is probably the best known and probably the best!

Read More
May 22, 2022
The Mad Lover

John Eccles wrote this achingly beautiful music for a stage play by John Fletcher, a tragicomedy called The Mad Lover. It’s also a really good string crossing exercise!

Read More
May 18, 2022
Second Opinions

It’s always worth getting a second opinions! Hopefully, 2nd position doesn’t disagree with 1st position too much! The aim of these exercises is to achieve consensus!

Read More
May 17, 2022
Second to None

Make 2nd position a winning position with this series of broken chord exercises in C, F, and Bb major. Every note needs to be in tune to win the trophy! Good luck!

Read More
May 16, 2022
Wait a Second

Wait a second, take a moment, and make sure you’ve got the right fingers on the right notes in these soothing 2nd position exercises. Time well spent … every second!

Read More
May 15, 2022
Pastime with Good Company

Hmm … not sure Henry VIII would provide good company to pass the time with, but he certainly knew how to write a good tune! Great rhythms, too … enjoy!

Read More
May 14, 2022
Paganini - 24th Caprice

Paganini's 24th Caprice is the last of his epic set of caprices. This catchy theme has been the inspiration for a huge number of pieces ... an absolute classic!

Read More
May 13, 2022
A Major 1 Octave

Here's the scale of A Major in one octave. Listen, sing, then play along with the track until you know the pattern from memory!

Read More
May 12, 2022
D Major 1 Octave

Here's the scale of D Major in one octave. Listen, sing, then play along with the track until you know the pattern from memory!

Read More
May 11, 2022
G Major 1 Octave

Here's the scale of G Major in one octave. Listen, sing, then play along with the track until you know the pattern from memory!

Read More
May 9, 2022
Danse Macabre

The skeletons come out to play in Danse Macabre, Op. 40 by Saint-Saëns … full of unnerving tritones, bone-rattling staccatos and weird waltzing melodies!

Read More
May 8, 2022
Witches' Dance

For a piece about witches, this is a surprisingly chirpy tune! It's full of crisp bowing and sparkling arpeggios. Play it nicely, or you may discover their dark side!

Read More
May 5, 2022
Perpetuum Mobile - Schmidt

Practise the perpetual motion of your fingers - lifting and dropping with speed, dexterity, evenness and accuracy! - in this chirpy Perpetuum Mobile by Ernst Schmidt.

Read More

41 Whitcomb Street
London, WC2H 7DT

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3051 0080
© Copyright 2022 - ViolinSchool - All Rights Reserved
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram